LONG TAIL BOATS IN THAILAND

LONG-TAIL BOATS IN THAILAND

Have you traveled to Koh Tao, Koh Phangan, Ang Thong National Marine Park, Koh Lipe, Phuket, Koh Phi Phi, Krabi, Maya Bay, Koh Samui or Koh Chang? If so, you will most likely have been on a long-tail boat before.

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The Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand, in the South of Thailand are famous for the use of the, often brightly coloured, wooden long-tail boats, in the Thai language these boats are called “Ruea Hang Yao”

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These amazing and sturdy vessels are powered by diesel-powered auto-mobile engines that are securely mounted on a rotating turret towards the rear of the boat. The engine drives a propeller attached to the end of a long pole, which is used to both steer and power the boat

Longtail Boats, Thai Water Taxi's, Island Info Samui

This steering pole (or tail), resembles the tail of an animal, hence the name “Long-tail Boats”

Long-tail boats
These long-tail boats are licensed to carry between 25 and 50 people are used to taxi people & goods between Thailand’s many islands 

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These water taxis take thousands of visitors to and from destinations such as Koh Tao, Koh Phangan, Ang Thong National Marine Park, Koh Lipe, Phuket, Koh Phi Phi, Krabi, Maya Bay, Koh Samui, Koh Chang and many more every day

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The long-tails are often adorned with brightly coloured ribbons, usually but not always in the Thai National colours of red, blue and white


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The long-tail boats above are also flying the Yellow Royal Thai Emblem

Thai long-tail boats-water taxi's-Island Info Samui (2a)
The water temperature in the south of Thailand remains warm all year and rarely drops below 24°Celsius


These long-tail boats are also commonly used as small fishing boats, with the catch being sold at local markets

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Sunset cruises on these long-tails are inexpensive and a great way to watch the sun go down. 

 

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